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Adrienne Adams Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for thirteen titles published between 1957-1970. It includes illustrations (pen, pencil, ink, tempera, watercolor, crayon, and ink and wash), color separations [and studies], artist's dummies, text proof paste ups, and portions of a galley.


  • 1957-1966


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Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical Sketch

Adrienne Adams, was born February 8, 1906 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She received her B.A. at Stephens College in 1925, and continued her education at the University of Missouri and the American School of Design in New York. Married to the author, and her occasional collaborator, John Lorizo Anderson, Miss Adams worked as an artist, illustrator, and children's book author. Her first illustrated work, Bag of Smoke, written by her husband, was published in 1942. Since the 1940s, Miss Adams has continued to publish prolifically and in 1960 and 1962 was recognized for excellence with the Caldecott Honor Book citations for Houses From the Seaand The Day we Saw the Sun Come Up, respectively.


5.2 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)


Adrienne Adams' collection focuses on her work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations, studies, artist's dummies, text proof paste ups, and portions of a galley. The material is organized by title.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of the Adams Collection was originally donated to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turned donated it to the University of Minnesota. From 1966-1972, Miss Adams added additional materials.

Adrienne Adams Papers
John Barneson, Christina Cowan, and Sharlene Murphy
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library